Four civilians died and seven were injured in an alleged Coalition airstrike on the village of Hamra Blassem, according to local sources.
Halab Today, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Raqqa is Being Slaughtered and the Syrian Network all blamed the Coalition, putting the death toll at four.
According to Syria News Desk – which also pointed to the Coalition – “the media opposition activist Ahmed Mazer, quoting civilian sources from the eastern countryside, said that the strikes caused the destruction of three houses and the burning of another, in addition to damage to other property.” Raqqa Post reported that “the main water supplying tank was destroyed in Hamra Blassem”. It also blamed the Coalition.
Four victims were named by Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently and the Violations Documentation Center.
The local time of the incident is unknown.
The victims were named as:
Family members (2)
- Ahmad al Ali al Mustaph al Diyab Age unknown male killed
- Mohammad Ismail Al Abd al Diyad Age unknown male killed
Sources (18) [ collapse]
Attached to this civilian harm incident is the Pentagon's declassified assessment of this civilian harm allegation, obtained by Azmat Khan and the New York Times through Freedom of Information requests and lawsuits filed since March 2017, alongside the corresponding press release published by the Pentagon. Airwars is currently analysing the contents of each file, and will update our own assessments accordingly.
US-led Coalition Assessment:
Civilian casualty statements
Oct 27, 2017
After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition strikes were conducted in the geographical area that correspond to the report of civilian casualties.
Original strike reports
For March 9th-10th it noted: “Near Ar Raqqah, 13 strikes engaged eight ISIS tactical units; destroyed four vehicles, a fighting position, a tactical vehicle, an ISIS headquarters, and a VBIED factory; and damaged three supply routes.“